Drinking enough pure clean water is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. But, for times of high-intensity exercise or lots of sweating and exertion where sweat causes mineral loss, a homemade natural electrolyte drink recipe can be helpful.
Many electrolyte drinks available (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) have a lot of questionable ingredients; Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural grape flavor with other natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40, blue 1. In addition, artificial dyes, and mystery “natural flavors.”
Making your own is easy, fast, and a lot healthier.
Natural Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipe:
You can make this recipe a variety of ways, but the ratios are the most important part. The base is any healthy liquid of choice and some good options are:
Unsweetened Iced Black Tea, Plum Ginger Hibiscus Tea, Prickly Pear Hibiscus Fresca, Passion Papaya Green Tea, Agave Lemonade, Blood Orange Lemonade (Craft Beverages - no sugar coating from Panera Bread)
To turn the basic liquid into a sports drink, add some or all of these ingredients:
Sea Salt – A high quality salt Jorge Salt & Co. Hand-Harvested Pure Sea Salt adds sodium and other minerals
Calcium or Magnesium – Adding a high quality calcium magnesium power helps replenish minerals. But, these same minerals are also found in the Sea Salt.
Juice – Optional but adds sweetness and natural sugars if needed during exercise
Natural Flavors – Add natural flavors in the form of fresh ginger, fresh herbs, or even natural turbinado (sugar cane).
Ingredients; Customize to your personal taste preferences:
1 quart liquid such as green tea, herbal teas, coconut water, or plain water, etc…
1/8 -1/4 tsp high quality salt (Jorge Salt & Co. Hand-Harvested Pure Sea Salt)
1 tsp calcium magnesium powder (also found in high quality salt)
¼ cup or more 100% juice (optional)
1-2 tbsp sweetener such as honey or natural turbinado/sugar cane (optional)